South Jordan Report – October 2020

Fall has arrived at our South Jordan campus and we welcome the cooler weather and beautiful fall colors across the Wasatch Mountain Range. Classes are back in session and Roseman Dental, the clinical practice of our College of Dental Medicine, is fully open and treating patients. I would like to note that necessary CDC and Utah Health Department-approved steps have been taken to keep our students, employees and patients safe during this pandemic.

Our College of Dental Medicine launched their Continuing Education (CE) site this month. The mission of the College of Dental Medicine CE program is to educate healthcare professionals and advance healthcare education through collaborative educational experiences; it creates and disseminates new knowledge; it provides evidence-based programs given by experts in their field, and it provides a collaborative and supportive environment that empowers dental professionals to increase their level of knowledge to be successful and better serve their patients. For updates, events, and news please subscribe here and join the Roseman College of Dental Medicine CE community! Kudos to those involved with putting the site together and thank you to our CE partners.

In honor of World Pharmacist Day and American Pharmacist Month, our first-year pharmacy students received practical training on their way to becoming certified immunization providers this month. They were trained to administer vaccinations, like the critical flu vaccine. Pharmacists play a crucial role in public health through giving immunizations and I am proud that our pharmacy students get to help in that role. Remember, you can get your flu shot by a pharmacist at your local pharmacy.

Last month the University held its first-ever State of the University via Zoom. This event covered the University’s COVID-19 response, provided an overview of our 20 years of growth, gave impactful data about the University’s economic impact in Utah and Nevada, reviewed the Strategic Plan for 2020 – 2025, and offered a preview of what the future holds for us. The entire presentation can be viewed here, but I would like to highlight the following:

COVID-19 Response

Due to the efforts of the University during the pandemic, Roseman was able to welcome 111 dental, 166 pharmacy and 168 nursing students across both campuses. These students joined more than 1,000 returning students with most attending classes in-person. I am also particularly proud that the University experienced no furloughs or layoffs, no increase in tuition, provided a cost of living raise for all employees and there were no delays for incoming classes. Well done to all who made this possible.

Utah Economic Impact

Roseman University has $115.2 million in economic impact and supports and assists in sustaining 1,186 jobs in Utah. The University also pays $6.8 million in state & local tax revenue and has provided $1.2 million in volunteer and community services in both Utah and Nevada combined. These include our Back to School Brush-Up and Give Kids a Smile events at Roseman Dental. At these events, the University provides free dental screenings and cleanings to children 18 and under. Unfortunately, this year’s Back to School Brush-Up was canceled due to COVID. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold some form of Give Kids a Smile in February.

I look forward to what the future holds for the University and am proud of the impact the University, its students, employees, and alumni are making in our local communities and throughout the United States. Continue to stay safe, wear your masks and together we can be Roseman Strong.

Sincerely,

Frank Licari
Dean, College of Dental Medicine
Interim Chancellor, South Jordan Campus